February 10, 2020
Coffee Shops of the Columbia Valley
Experience the Coffee Shops & Coffee Culture in the Columbia Valley
No matter how you flavour it coffee, culture has evolved over the last number of years and is quickly becoming one of the most popular beverages served around the world. The Columbia Valley is no exception, with more than a dozen incredible cafes across the valley and a signature event to celebrate this beloved beverage.
Every March, hosted at the Columbia Valley Centre specialty coffee roasters, fine tea purveyors, product wholesalers, and many more hit the exhibition floor to show off their craft.
Accompanying this event is “The Art of Coffee & Tea” Art Competition, where artists are invited to showcase their work at the Coffee & Tea Fest Expo to promote art and the coffee and tea culture.
Explore the Columbia Valley Coffee Shops & Cafes
We invite you to enjoy the best brews and homemade treats the Columbia Valley has to offer and create your own Columbia Valley coffee trail by visiting all the coffee shops and cafes throughout the communities. Start your tour in the middle of the valley, there are some excellent brews to discover, including Tea Ect., downtown Invermere’s newest business.
“Wake Up Kick-Ass”
A landmark institution in the coffee world, Kicking Horse Coffee has been roasting beans for over 20 years in the Columbia Valley. Passionate about coffee, two young entrepreneurs started roasted small batches of quality beans. Did we mention they did it from their garage in Invermere? Today, Kicking Horse Coffee is still located in Invermere with nearly 120 employees, and they are Canada’s #1 Selling Whole Bean Coffee. There’s always something fresh and tasty to eat in the Kicking Horse Cafe, where you can enjoy an assortment of both hot and cold beverages as well as homemade soups, sandwiches, wraps, and baked goods. Across the street you’ll find Kootenay Coffee Works, known for incredible homemade soups, fantastic lunch specials and a great atmosphere.
Located downtown, Gerry’s Gelati serves their very own small-batch roasted beans to create Stolen Church Coffee. Sit down and enjoy made-to-order gourmet waffles (sweet and savoury), decadent treats, grab and go snacks, and of course handcrafted hot and cold beverages.
The Invermere Bakery (Quality Bakery) is possibly the most iconic and recognizable storefronts in all of Invermere. The building is in the centre of town, and you can’t miss it with the giant pretzel on the roof! In 1981, Peter Banga became the owner of Quality Bakery and has carried on a fine baking tradition, continuing to improve products and their availability throughout the Columbia Valley today. Seven days a week the Invermere Bakery pairs a different treat to have with your brew of choice. This is a great reason to visit often!
After skiing a few morning turns warm-up at the Summit Hut with a view and a hot cup of coffee. Grab a bite and your second ski cup from Snowlicious, or the Mile One Hut. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, enjoy a cozy lunch in the Elkhorn Cabin or explore the Village and visit the Fireside Cafe or while you’re getting your skis tuned stop and enjoy a beverage at the Cappuccino Bar.
Brews to the South – Fairmont Hot Springs
There is no shortage of great cafes serving up incredible coffee, baked goods, and homemade soups if your travels take you to the south end of the Columbia Valley.
Located in the Village of Canal Flats, newly opened in 2019 Viibrant Earth Cafe as a mission to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. Enjoy in-house baked gluten-free sourdough bread and scones with your next cup!
Steamers Cafe at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Conveniently located in the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Lodge, Steamers offers visitors plenty of grab and go options and a great variety of hot and cold-brewed beverages to choose from on their menu.
Continuing your cafe crawl to the north, you will find yourself passing through the tiny community of Windermere. Windermere is home to two incredible cafes, both family-owned businesses with deep roots in the Valley.
Edible Acres Café
Open seasonally, Edibles Café is surrounded by the beauty and greenery of Winderberry’s nursery and is dedicated to honoring the earth and our farmers. The Cafe is committed to using organic ingredients, sourcing humanely-raised, and hormone-free meat, and cooking with the bounty of fresh vegetables that come directly harvested from their on-site Edible Acres Farm.
Edible Café owners, Randy MacSteven and Anna Steedman, are the heart of Edibles Café. Sit back and indulge in a scrumptious bite of baking and specialty coffee and let yourself be lulled into relaxation as the water fountains trickle.
Hopkins Harvest featuring the Hot Spot
Hopkins Harvest was established in 1995 by Fred and Shelley Hopkins The Hot Spot was added in 2014 and the business has grown into what you see today with the help of daughter Kerstan and son in law Matt as the new owners/operators. Open daily at 7:00 a.m. and featuring Rose Bros Coffee, stop in and try one of their special recipe coffees and awaken your taste buds.
Brews to the North – Radium Hot Springs
Let your taste buds take you to the North end of the Columbia Valley where the coffee is bold, the pastries are plenty, and the cafes are as unique as the communities in which they reside.
Big Horn Café
Located in the heart of the peaceful village of Radium Hot Springs you will find the Big Horn Café, serving 49th Parallel Coffee and tea. Owner Carleen Campbell brings incredible energy to the Village of Radium Hot Springs, where The Big Horn Café serves up some of the finest hand made pastries in town, and has a delicious menu featuring homemade soups and sandwiches.
In October 2019, Designs from the Ridge launched their partnership with Big Horn Café, opening a fabulous year-round floral studio The design studio is located out of the back, while shop owner and floral design genius, Karen Babin, has a small retail display in the cafe itself.
Spilli Station Cafe
Open May through September, visitors and locals alike can enjoy specialty coffees, home-baked goodies, daily meal specials, and mouthwatering desserts at the Spilli Station Cafe. Be sure to try a slice of their famous Peanut Butter Pie!
Years before the building became a cafe, it was the Spillimacheen Ranger Station for the BC Forest Service, which was established in 1952. In 1974, the district amalgamated with the Invermere Ranger District when the Spillimacheen station was reduced to a small staff until it closed in 1983.
Beeland Market & b.stro…to go
Located in the historic Spillimacheen Trading Post, you will find Beeland Market & b.stro…to go. Find the ultimate gourmet take-out, fresh seasonal honey, preserves, gourmet foods, and beauty products – all made with the goodness of pure Rocky Mountain Honey. Enjoy a specialty or drip coffee and fresh-baked treats such as chocolatines, almondines or a maple and pecan danish.
The Columbia Valley is rich in history and bold in flavour, come discover for yourself as you partake of delicious treats and a warm (or cold) cup of your favourite brew …. don’t forget to tag us when sharing your images on your social media channels.
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